Job Postings

Updated: August 7, 2019

Predoctoral Opportunities

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California is seeking Ph.D. students in our training program in “Environmental Genomics,” supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The aim of this program is to provide multidisciplinary training in epidemiology, genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and environmental health to future researchers aiming to study environmental and genetic risk factors of disease and other complex human traits. Applications from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, including epidemiology (e.g. cancer, respiratory disease, obesity, metabolic disease, neuroepidemiology, etc.), biostatistics (e.g. statistical genetics, spatial statistics, gene-environment interaction, etc.), and other fields (e.g. bioinformatics, exposure assessment, precision medicine, and data science).

This program funds USC tuition costs and provides students with a monthly stipend. The program also provides funds that support travel by students to relevant scientific conferences.

Students will gain hands-on experience conducting research in one of our ongoing research programs in environmental health, genetic epidemiology, cancer and chronic disease genetics, and/or the development of novel statistical methods and related software. The USC Health Sciences Campus is also home to several world-class research laboratories studying genetics and epigenetics of complex human diseases including cancers, neuro-developmental disorders, and psychiatric diseases.  

In addition to individual mentorship in their research area, students will have the opportunity for advanced multidisciplinary training through coursework from the Department’s graduate programs in Epidemiology (with tracks in molecular epidemiology and environmental health) or Biostatistics (with tracks in statistical genetics, environmental biostatistics, bioinformatics, and data science), or from other departments at USC. Students will also have numerous opportunities for collaboration, attending seminars and workshops, and other enrichment activities.

Qualifiations

Candidates must have already been accepted into a Ph.D. program in a relevant field (epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, genetics, bioinformatics, molecular or computational biology, computer science etc.) and have a demonstrated interest in both environmental and genetic aspects of disease and/or the development of relevant methodology. Students will be expected to pursue a multidisciplinary approach to their training under the mentorship of one of the program’s senior faculty. We are particularly seeking students looking for training relevant to NIEHS’s core mission related to the health effects of external environmental exposures along with host factors (e.g. genetics) that modify these effects.  

Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) are eligible to be supported by this training grant. Applications from underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged.

Interested students should submit:

    • A letter by outlining their background and training objectives (one page)
    • A CV/resume with prior academic record
    • Names of three references

Address applications to Drs. Jim Gauderman and Rob McConnell at E-GT32@usc.edu. Please include “Environmental predoc” in the subject line.

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Postdoctoral Opportunities

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California is seeking postdoctoral fellows in our training program in “Environmental Genomics,” supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The aim of this program is to provide multidisciplinary training in epidemiology, genomics and other -omics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and computational biology to future researchers aiming to study environmental and genetic risk factors of disease and other complex human traits.

Applications from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, including:

    • Epidemiology (e.g. cancer, respiratory disease, obesity, metabolic disease, neuroepidemiology, etc.)
    • Exposure assessment
    • Biostatistics (e.g. statistical genetics, spatial statistics, gene-environment interaction, etc.)
    • And other fields (e.g. bioinformatics, precision medicine, and data science).

Administratively based at the Department of Preventive Medicine, this training program supports advanced training and career development of post-doctoral scientists from multiple disciplines and academic departments.

The Department of Preventive Medicine has leading research programs in epidemiology and biostatistics, particularly with strengths in environmental health, cancer and chronic disease genetics, and the development of novel statistical methods and related software. The USC Health Sciences Campus is home to several world-class research laboratories studying complex human diseases including cancers, cardiorespiratory diseases, neuro-developmental and neurodegenerative disorders, and psychiatric diseases.

In addition to individual mentorship in their research area, fellows will have the opportunity for advanced multidisciplinary training through coursework from the Department’s graduate programs in Epidemiology (with tracks in molecular epidemiology and environmental health) or Biostatistics (with tracks in statistical genetics, environmental biostatistics, bioinformatics, and data science), or from other departments at USC. Fellows will also have numerous opportunities for collaboration, various enrichment activities, and experience in guiding pre-doctoral trainees and medical/undergraduate students.

Qualifications

Post-doctoral fellows must have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field (epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, genetics, bioinformatics, molecular or computational biology, computer science etc.) and have a demonstrated interest in both environmental and “omic” (genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, metabolomic, adductomic, exposomic) aspects of disease and/or the development of relevant methodology. Fellows will be expected to pursue a multidisciplinary approach to their training under the mentorship of one of the program’s senior faculty. We are particularly seeking individuals looking for training relevant to NIEHS’s core mission related to the health effects of external environmental exposures along with host factors (e.g. genetics) that modify these effects.

Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) are eligible to be supported by this grant. Applications from underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged.

Interested candidates should submit:

    • A letter outlining their research and training objectives (one page)
    • CV with prior academic record
    • Reprints of any relevant publications
    • Names of three references

Address applications to Drs. Jim Gauderman and Rob McConnell at E-GT32@usc.edu. Please include “Environmental omics” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. 

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Two new postdoctoral positions are available in environmental neuroscience and neuroepidemiology:

    • To work on a study of air pollution and brain development in the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. A cohort of 10,000 children recruited at age 10, in cities across the U.S., has had baseline assessment of behavior and cognition, and is being followed to assess cognition yearly and brain MRI every other year through age 21. The cohort is one of the world’s premier resources for the study of adolescent brain development. The scope of work will be to examine the relationships of exposure and contextual social covariates to brain structure and cognitive function, cross-sectionally at baseline and prospectively in 1000 study participants for whom the first follow-up MRI data are available.

Applications from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, including epidemiology, neuroscience and neuroimaging, exposure assessment, biostatistics (or related bioinformatics, precision medicine, and data science).

    • To work on the newly funded Air Pollution and Autism Study in a pregnancy cohort of 400,000 mother-child pairs in Southern California with high quality electronic medical record and follow-up data. The study will examine associations of autism and autism phenotype with pollution, characteristics of pregnancy that increase susceptibility to exposure, and biological markers for exposure and oxidative stress, based on adductomic measurements from dried blood spots available from all newborns in California.

Applicants with doctoral degrees in epidemiology or biostatistics with experience in analyzing omics data are preferred, but exceptional candidates with neuroscience, exposure assessment and other backgrounds will be considered.

These are unique opportunities that could launch the career of a junior investigator. The successful candidates will be expected to lead manuscripts and to participate in the development of new applications to leverage more fully the opportunities afforded by these remarkable resources. Resources that are available for early investigators to strengthen the skills and knowledge base needed for career advancement include guidance in developing career directions and priorities, in grant writing, making effective presentations, preparing manuscripts, and developing multidisciplinary research teams. Several environmental health centers support a Career Development Program with an established track record of success in helping junior investigators to obtain faculty positions or first NIH awards.

Qualifications

Applications will remain open to candidates with a visa to work in the U.S., until the positions are filled.

To apply, please send:

  • A letter describing research interests
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Copies of one or two recent publications, if applicable
  • Contact information for three individuals who are familiar with academic accomplishments 

Address applications to Megan Herting, PhD, at E-GT32@usc.edu. Please include “Neurological disease” in the subject line.

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The Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) invites applications for a postdoctoral position offering opportunities to participate in research at the junction of obesity, metabolic disease, environmental health, and chronic disease epidemiology. The fellow will participate in scientific activities including study design and implementation, data analyses, manuscript preparation, research planning, and development of proposals for biologically-based, population-level studies. The position is supported by NIH training and other grants closely linked to several NIH Centers at USC focused on environmental determinants of obesity and metabolic risk with a particular, but not exclusive, focus on children. The aim of the program is to provide multidisciplinary opportunities and training to postdocs from backgrounds in epidemiology, genomics and exposomics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and/or computational biology to future researchers aiming to study environmental and omics risk factors of obesity and its metabolic consequences. Applicants with a PhD or MD from a broad range of these disciplinary backgrounds will be considered.

A strength of the Keck School of Medicine at USC is the etiologic, intervention, clinical and basic science research on obesity and its metabolic consequences. The department has a leading research group in environmental epidemiology and biostatistics, with an active and well-funded program in environmental health effects research, including the environmental causes of obesity and metabolic disease. Additional areas of faculty research include chronic cardiorespiratory and neuro outcomes, exposure assessment and biological markers, and omics-environment research. The environmental health group is well known for its research on health effects of air pollution and endocrine disrupting chemicals, among other topics.

A dynamic and diverse group of investigators in the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC), also housed in the Department of Preventive Medicine, offers opportunities for a wide range of research collaborations with investigators at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Caltech, UCLA and other southern California institutions. Access to many U.S. and European cohorts is available through investigators in the USC centers. The NIEHS-funded SCEHSC features an innovative Career Development Program for early investigators to strengthen their skills and knowledge base needed for career advancement (e.g., developing career directions and priorities, grant writing, making effective presentations, preparing manuscripts, and developing multidisciplinary research teams). The program has established a track record of success in helping junior investigators to obtain faculty positions and a first NIH award.

Qualifications

Applicants with a doctoral degree in epidemiology, environmental health sciences or related field. Alternatively, applicants may hold a M.D. or doctoral degree related to metabolic disease or other relevant field in area of biomedical research with experience or academic training in quantitative research (e.g., masters degree in epidemiology or biostatistics). U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.

Competitive applications will be considered as they are received and the position will remain open until the position is filled.

Please send:

    • A letter describing research interests
    • Curriculum vita
    • Copies of one or two recent publications, if applicable
    • Contact information for three individuals who are familiar with academic accomplishments

Address applications to to Rob McConnell, MD at E-GT32@usc.edu. Please include “Metabolic disease postdoc” in the subject line.

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